Another perfect birthday

In which another birthday rolls around.

Dinosaur birthday cake

Time is a strange concept, hours linger while the day flies by. A month is over in a sneeze, but a year goes forward slowly but speeds up when looking back. A calendar seems to be subject to the chronological Doppler effect, with the high pitched whine of the past echoing into the distance.

So it comes to pass that I have another birthday, but birthdays seem different now. For a start I get a card from my offspring. Getting a card with “Daddy” on is a present in itself.

What makes this quite satisfying is that I found an old post from a couple of years ago that had the following:

So here’s to looking forward to a future birthday, to when I am 40, by which time I hope to be in a job I love, be married and have kids, in a nice house by the sea.

In the space of a few years my life has changed considerably, as it always has seemed to do.

Looking back at my younger self a lot has happened:

  • Moved house three times
  • Had six different cars
  • Thirteen different jobs
  • Been to numerous places around the world
  • Got married
  • Had a baby
  • Had another baby
  • Mentally, and arguably scientifically (the human body will have replaced the majority of the cells in your body over the last decade) I am a different person.

In the last decade years my life has become more digital, now when I wake up the first thing I do is check my email, Facebook and Twitter. I am certainly more connected than my younger self, when I was young you either had to phone someone (on a land line as they may not have a mobile) or try to find out if they were on IM somewhere.

In most aspects I am better than I was a decade ago, I am more knowledgeable and have better skills. I’ve made some good friend over the years, and lost a few on the way. I’ve gone through periods of gloom, in fact three years ago I wrote:

The one part of my younger year old self I do miss is the optimism I had back then. I imagined by now to be in a job I loved, be married and have kids, in a nice house by the sea. Whether it is as a result of getting older, or just the events of recent years, I am certainly a bit more pessimistic than I used to be. Where I would look for the good in every situation I know imagine what could go wrong. As I ‘celebrate’ (I am past the point where I am excited by the passing of one more year) another birthday I do think that looking back is not the right way to go.

Which brings me back to my initial dream of 40, a promise I made when I was in life’s trough, for major changes in my life. I can quite easily lay claim to completing two of them, as the cards titled “Husband” and “Daddy” will testify, and part of the way to loving my job.

All that I need to work on is the sea-front residence, maybe that’s what is in the wrapping paper?

Source: Perfection

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

2 thoughts on “Another perfect birthday”

  1. Life by the sea isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least not here… we have to worry about No’easters, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tidal waves, depending on which coast one lives on. Ha! Give me the mountains any day. And the bugs… blech.

    I’m glad you reached two out of three of your goals.


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